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Director:
Writers:
Radley Metzger (screenplay)
John Willard (play)
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Release Date:
1979 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
For God's sake, stay in your rooms and lock the doors!
Plot:
A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Radley Metzger 
 
Writing credits
Radley Metzger (screenplay)

John Willard (play)

Produced by
Ray Corbett .... associate producer
Richard Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Cagan 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
Roger Harrison 
 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
 
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
Anthony Pratt 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Hillman .... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson .... makeup artist (as Tommy Manderson)
Sarah Monzani .... hairdresser
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Bilgorri .... second assistant director
Alan Carpenter .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Derek Creedon .... property man
Dennis Maddison .... production buyer
Tony Neale .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Anthony Sloman .... dubbing editor
David Sutton .... sound assistant
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Clive Winter .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Clark .... electrical supervisor
Frank Connor .... stills
Mike Fox .... camera operator (as Michael David Fox)
John Golding .... focus
Martin Hume .... clapper/loader
Nick Pearson .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorna Hillyard .... wardrobe
Monica Howe .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Allen Burry .... publicist
Tamasin Day-Lewis .... assistant to director
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Jane Oscroft .... production secretary
Raymond Rohauer .... by arrangement with
 

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Runtime:
98 min | Germany:89 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (1979) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: re-edited with additional material) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
Wilfrid Hyde-White filmed his lengthy cameo in a day.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Hendricks is shot fatally three times by Paul, he is still breathing.See more »
Quotes:
Paul Jones:No one is more sincere than a greedy cousin. That's Paul Jones' theory of relativity.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Where There's a Will, There's a Way, 6 September 2010
Author: wes-connors from Earth

In 1934, blonde fashion designer Carol Lynley (as Annabelle West) and an assortment of greedy relatives gather at "Glencliff Manor" to hear the taped reading of wealthy Wilfrid Hyde-White's last will and testament. Relatively soon, we learn Ms. Lynley is to inherit everything, but not without stipulation. First, she must remain alive and sane after one night in the deceased's spooky old mansion. As a storm rages outside, the suspicious cast is joined by psychologist Edward Fox (as Hendricks), who informs them a homicidal killer known as "The Cat" has escaped from the local insane asylum. That's a recipe for murder and mayhem…

This fairly tepid re-make of the 1927 "silent" classic was likely inspired by the success of films like "Murder by Death" (1976). Lynley and Michael Callan (as Paul Jones) could be described as the leads. As a stand-in for Buddy Rodgers (make that Ben Lyon), Peter McEnery (as Charlie Wilder) figures prominently, and Daniel Massey (as Harry Blythe) doesn't. Lawyerly Wendy Hiller (as Allison Crosby) arches her eyebrow. Elderly housekeeper Beatrix Lehmann shows how unflatteringly the film's extreme close-ups can exaggerate a face. And, Honor Blackman and Olivia Hussey somehow manage to make a lesbian subplot unexciting.

***** The Cat and the Canary (11/78) Radley Metzger ~ Carol Lynley, Michael Callan, Peter McEnery, Edward Fox

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